I first heard rumors about the Vagabox on the internet. I presumed that it was just an urban legend like crocodiles in our sewers and trout as long as your leg.
The earliest written documentation of the existence of the Vagabox was in this cryptic post from 2012.
The Vagabox is a traveling fly box, bringing surprise, intrigue and fishing stoke with it wherever it goes. You fish with the box, enjoy it's humble offerings.
Eyewitness accounts of the Vagabox started to appear in multiple blogs. These expert witnesses described it with scientific precision and caught so many fish with Vagabox, that surely it must be real, right?
But what sane person would send a perfectly good, at one time waterproof fly box, full of flies to tour the world and replenish itself along the way with the good will and charity of it's many hosts?
It's real. Just like free lunches and trout as long as your leg!
My daughter, Anju, new that Vagabox was real all along. She was so excited that when she found the package on our stoop, she immediately brought it inside and colored it with her markers.
Here is what we found inside...
After reading the accompanying tome - I learned of its many adventures around the country and the story behind some of the flies in the box. Some of the flies are long gone and the Vagabox itself has endured many hardships - sadly it is no longer water tight. The crack in its front lid is large enough that it is also no longer FLY tight. There were several flies loose in the postal carton that had escaped from Vagabox during the long road to Utah.
Anju loves to look at my fly boxes and she was very interested in this one. So we hopped in the fishing car and headed to Millcreek for some fishing.
I let Anju select the flies and we fished them until we caught a fish or got repeated refusals. these fish are small, so although they wanted to eat some of the monster flies, only the size 14 or smaller were getting us hookups.
We made a deal. Catch a fish, Licorice. For every fish we catch she would get to have one licorice when we went to the movies after fishing.
Anju caught 5 fish and collected her 5 licorice later that afternoon. Before we left for the movies, she helped me by netting a few of the fish I hooked.